Dr Lauren Godier

Research Assistant

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Psychology

Lauren is a Research Assistant at the Veterans and Families Institute, with a background in psychology and psychiatric research.

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Lauren has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Cardiff University, an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the University of Essex and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. 

In 2012 Lauren was awarded funding from the Medical Research Council for a 3 year DPhil studentship at the University of Oxford. During this time her research focused on the evaluation of a transdiagnostic theory of compulsivity in Anorexia Nervosa. This began with a qualitative investigation of compulsive behaviour in Anorexia, which aided in the development and validation of a novel questionnaire measure of self-starvation behaviour. Subsequently, Lauren carried out investigations of the behavioural and neurobiological underpinnings of compulsive behaviour in Anorexia, using novel neuropsychological tasks and brain imaging techniques. 

During her time in Oxford, Lauren also assisted on the first clinical trial for Deep Brain Stimulation in Anorexia, and has an interest in the development and evaluation of complex interventions in mental health.

Research interests

Translational research to inform the development of prevention and treatment strategies in mental health. 
Development and evaluation of novel questionnaire measures to aid research.
Transdiagnostic models of behaviour.


BSc (Hons), Psychology, Cardiff University (2006-2009)
MSc, Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Essex (2010-2011)
DPhil, Psychiatry (recently awarded), University of Oxford (2012-2015)

Selected recent publications

Godier, L. R., & Park, R. J. (2014). Compulsivity in anorexia nervosa: a transdiagnostic concept. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 778. 
Park, R. J., Godier, L. R., & Cowdrey, F. A. (2014). Hungry for reward: How can neuroscience inform the development of treatment for Anorexia Nervosa? Behaviour research and therapy, 62, 47-59.
Godier, L. R., & Park, R. J. (2015). A novel measure of compulsive food restriction in anorexia nervosa: Validation of the Self-Starvation Scale (SS). Eating Behaviours, 17, 10-13.
Godier, L. R., & Park, R. J. (2015). Does compulsive behaviour in Anorexia Nervosa resemble an addiction? A qualitative investigation. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6, 1608. 

Recent presentations and conferences

Godier, L. R., Gillan, C., De Wit, S. & Park, R. J. Habit formation in Anorexia Nervosa:  A pilot study. Eating Disorder Research Society Conference 2014, San Diego CA.  Godier, L. R. & Park, R. J. Compulsivity in Anorexia Nervosa: A qualitative and quantitative Investigation. Eating Disorder Research Society Conference 2014, San Diego CA.
Godier, L. R., Scaife, J. C., Braeutigam, S., & Park, R. J. Neural processing of high and low calorie food pictures in Anorexia Nervosa: An investigation using magnetoencephalography. International Conference for Eating Disorders 2015, Boston, MA.
Godier, L. R., Ayoub, K., & Park, R. J. No evidence of dysfunctional resting state neural networks in Anorexia Nervosa using Magnetoencephalography. Eating Disorder Research Society Conference 2015, Sicily, Italy.